National Express expands rail division with new German contract

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The new contract makes National Express as the second largest rail transport company in the region, where it will deliver an anticipated 20 million train kilometres in 2023. NATIONAL EXPRESS

National Express Group has announced that its National Express Rail business has won a contract worth €1 billion over the lifetime of the agreement to operate the RE1 and RE11 regional Rhein-Ruhr-Express (RRX) rail services in Germany until 2033.

The company took over the operation of the two lines in February 2022 through an emergency contract award, following which National Express now operates all three RRX contracts under long term contracts. Alongside its Rhine Munster Express operation, the firm says the scale allows it to unlock operational synergies. Ignacio Garat, National Express Group Chief Executive, said: “To have secured this contract on the back of an emergency contract award is testament to our operational excellence and the strength of our proposition in Germany. It is also clear evidence of our Evolve strategy in action, and we look forward to making further progress in realising similar asset-light opportunities across the company.”